Upper School English Teacher
An independent, coeducational college-preparatory school in Pasadena, CA, Polytechnic School offers a broad curriculum in the liberal arts for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Founded in 1907, the school enrolls approximately 860 students from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds.
The mission of Polytechnic School is to develop the intellect, talents, and character of each student in a community of learning dedicated to principles of academic excellence that values the uniqueness and dignity of each member and fosters personal responsibility and service to others. We are committed to honesty, justice, charity, and the pursuit of knowledge. We respect the dignity and worth of all human beings—their thoughts, their feelings, and their individuality. We seek to celebrate the joy, the love, and the creativity that emanate from the human spirit. We strive to be responsible and contributing members of our families, our school community, and the world. The Poly community appreciates the cultural, ethnic, and economic diversity present in the Pasadena area and strives to reflect it. Members of the Poly community appreciate and learn from individual differences, foster the ability to disagree with civility, and embody courtesy and compassion.
Position: Full-time Upper School English Teacher
Reporting to the Director of the Upper School, the successful candidate will take a student-centered approach to all school work and will use the school’s mission to design and support the academic, extracurricular, social, and emotional success of students.
- Four courses per academic semester/year.
- Preparation and implementation of the upper school English curriculum, including the study of literature, writing, grammar, and vocabulary in collaboration with the English department.
- Preparation and implementation of appropriate classroom materials and activities, including syllabi, homework assignments, assessments, and supplementary materials.
- Administration and evaluation of class work, assignments, and assessments.
- Preparation and maintenance of student attendance records, grades, comments, and other required records.
- Ongoing evaluation and revision of curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction in collaboration with the English department.
- Regular participation in professional development opportunities to maintain and grow expertise in the subject matter.
- Providing assistance and advice to students during free periods and before and after school.
- Collaboration and meetings with members of assigned grade-level teams, the English department, the Upper School faculty, and the entire K-12 community.
- Grade-level advisor.
- Enthusiastic participation in the greater life of the school, particularly extracurricular activities as an advisor, spectator, and/or chaperone.
- Interest in fostering diversity, inclusion, and social justice to promote a healthy learning environment.
- Willingness to take on other duties as needed.
- BA degree. Advanced degree(s) preferred.
- Three to five years of high school teaching experience and proficiency with a variety of instructional techniques to engage students.
- A strong background in diverse traditional, modern, and contemporary literatures with a thorough knowledge of age-appropriate literature.
- Experience teaching and assessing myriad genres of writing.
- Ability to teach different grade levels and a willingness to shift levels from year to year depending on the needs of the department and the school.
- Experience designing and implementing innovative and creative curricula.
- Excellent communication and writing skills.
- Strong technology skills.
- A collaborative spirit and positive attitude.
- Ability to manage competing demands and to adapt to frequent or unexpected changes.
- Ability to work collaboratively and methodically with students, parents, faculty, and staff on a regular basis.
- Ability to use effective class management techniques.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
- Work in an environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges and deadlines, as well as a diverse array of contacts.
- Work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time.
- Ability to lift up to 30 lbs.
- Work primarily in a traditional climate-controlled classroom environment.
- Work intermittently in outside weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold.
- Application: Applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter to Polytechnic School, c/o Cheryl Flores, 1030 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106.
Polytechnic School is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other consideration protected by law.